first snowcone of summer

School is out which means the kids are home and looking for something to occupy their time.

I broke down and bought a snowcone maker last week.  I figure it will fill a couple of afternoons, right?

I skipped over the syrup in the store and went with a homemade version instead.

strawberry syrup

3 cups strawberries (hulled)

3/4 cup sugar

Place strawberries in saucepan and mash to a pulp.  Cook over medium heat for 5 minutes.

Push mixture through a sieve (you should have about 3/4 cup juice)

Return the juice to the pan and add the sugar and mix well.

Bring to a boil and let simmer for 1 minute.

Remove from heat and pour through sieve again.

Skim any foam that may have formed.  Chill before using.

Syrup can be stored in fridge, covered for up to a week.